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Second chance

Court program gives mentally ill an alternative to time behind bars

Counseling, support offered to offenders

Judge Matthew Sypniewski talks to Charlene Goodman, at left, during Alternative Treatment Court held in Schenectady City Hall on Monday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Judge Matthew Sypniewski talks to Charlene Goodman, at left, during Alternative Treatment Court held in Schenectady City Hall on Monday afternoon.
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The woman wasn’t sure if she wanted to participate. The judge explained that the program was completely voluntary, but they would be glad to have her in it. The program was the Schenectady City Court Alternative Treatment Court, part of the criminal system but focusing on the offender’s mental health. The woman had a diagnosed mental health issue and faced a misdemeanor criminal charge — and a possible jail sentence if convicted. Her options were ...


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JIMOCONNOR
March 31, 2013
11:43 a.m.

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Kudos to judge Eidens and Jack Cadalso, Director of Community Services, for bringing the concept to Schenectady.

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